Weekly Update – Documenta’s Roger Buergel at Penn

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This week’s Weekly includes a short preview of the Roger Buergel lecture at Penn tomorrow night. Buergel’s the Artistic Director for Documenta 12. Here’s the link to the editor’s choice listing and below is the copy with a picture.

Roger Buergel
Roger M. Buergel, Photo: Egbert Trogemann
copyright: documenta GmbH. Documenta’s website is frustratingly tight-lipped about the artists who are included in this world-wide roundup of talent. Let’s hope Buergel drops a few names at the lecture, just to whet our appetite.

While the ICA gears up for its “Locally Localized Gravity” show, featuring art made outside the usual commercial channels, you can preview this hot alternative art trend at Roger Buergel’s lecture. Buergel, the artistic director of “Documenta 12,” the international art exhibition in Kassel (June 16-Sept. 23), will explain that what’s vital to him as a curator is whether art can transcend regional differences and promote dialogue in our big global village. He’ll talk about pulling “Documenta 12” together from contemporary works to historical works that speak to contemporary audiences. Art “in all conceivable media” will be included, from paintings to fashion and cooking—works considered outside the traditional purview of art but which, says Buergel, express artistic intelligence. What’s important about both the foreign and the local versions of this exhibition is that they tell the new story of art—of nontraditional methods, materials and artists. It’s something Janson’s History of Art can’t digest, and will require new historians with new thinking to chronicle. It’s also important to get in on the discussion and add your two cents.

Roger Buergel: “Migration of Form

Thurs., Jan. 11, 5:30pm. Free. University of Pennsylvania, Logan Hall, rm. 402, 249 S. 36th St. 215.898.5911.

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